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31st Aug '16 8:18:04 PM BlackPrince1330
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In short, however incredible it may seem, isn't the explanation that this is a God taking on the form of a marshmallow man to destroy the world actually the simpler and more rational explanation at this point?

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In short, however incredible it may seem, isn't the explanation that this is a God god taking on the form of a marshmallow man to destroy the world actually the simpler and more rational explanation at this point?
13th Aug '16 11:49:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein's Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.

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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases grew this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein's Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.
13th Aug '16 11:43:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein�s Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.

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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein�s Frankenstein's Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.
13th Aug '16 11:42:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankensteinís Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.

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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankensteinís Frankenstein�s Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.



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30th Jun '16 8:57:18 AM seska1729
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* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes. ''One-half of the title duo'' is subject to Scullying by everyone except the other half. (Nobody but Calvin and Hobbes see Hobbes for what he is.)
21st Jun '16 4:14:35 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Invoked by Yukari in ''Persona 3'' while solving the mystery behind the hospitalization of three girls at the school. Somewhat justified in that Yukari was looking into ridiculous things to prove that it ''wasn't'' ghosts, which was Junpei's (joking) suggestion. Why the cast didn't just assume it was the work of the Shadows to begin with is still ridiculous, however.

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* Invoked by Yukari in ''Persona 3'' ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' while solving the mystery behind the hospitalization of three girls at the school. Somewhat justified in that Yukari was looking into ridiculous things to prove that it ''wasn't'' ghosts, which was Junpei's (joking) suggestion. Why the cast didn't just assume it was the work of the Shadows to begin with is still ridiculous, however.
10th Jun '16 6:37:16 AM LentilSandEater
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* Subverted in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', where Kuno-- against all evidence, including Ranma ''actually changing in front of him.''-- vehemently denies that the pigtailed-girl is really a magically altered Ranma...by coming up with an even ''more'' ludicrous and unbelievable explanation (Namely, that Ranma is an evil sorcerer enslaving his precious pigtailed-girl, and can instantly switch places with her via his "foul magic"). Unlike other examples Kuno doesn't even bother to try to convince anyone however.
* Subversion: L of ''Manga/DeathNote'' fame had the good grace to head off this sort of thing (omnipresent worldwide CIA assassins were suggested) pretty early on. Whenever alternate suggestions are brought up, he explains his reasoning for believing that is not the case. Still, he is only fully believed (and backed) by the world's leaders when he ''proves'' his theory that Kira is a serial killer somehow able to cause heart attacks from miles away.

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* Subverted Inverted in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', where Kuno-- against all evidence, including Ranma ''actually changing in front of him.''-- vehemently denies that the pigtailed-girl is really a magically altered Ranma...by coming up with an even ''more'' ludicrous and unbelievable explanation (Namely, that Ranma is an evil sorcerer enslaving his precious pigtailed-girl, and can instantly switch places with her via his "foul magic"). Unlike other examples Kuno doesn't even bother to try to convince anyone however.
* Subversion: Downplayed by L of ''Manga/DeathNote'' fame had the good grace to head off this sort of thing (omnipresent worldwide CIA assassins were suggested) pretty early on. Whenever alternate suggestions are brought up, he explains his reasoning for believing that is not the case. Still, he is only fully believed (and backed) by the world's leaders when he ''proves'' his theory that Kira is a serial killer somehow able to cause heart attacks from miles away.



*** At one point he even says that most people's subconscious has a kind of built-in WeirdnessCensor, because if they were to acknowledge some of the strange things they saw as magical or supernatural, it might well drive them insane. Their minds ''automatically'' search for a mundane explanation, without their necessarily even being aware of it.

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*** ** At one point he even says that most people's subconscious has a kind of built-in WeirdnessCensor, because if they were to acknowledge some of the strange things they saw as magical or supernatural, it might well drive them insane. Their minds ''automatically'' search for a mundane explanation, without their necessarily even being aware of it.



* Parodied/subverted in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', when religious nut Constable Visit-the-Infidel-with-Explanatory-Pamphlets is talking about deity-invoked rains of objects to the skeptical Constable Shoe. He runs down a list, and Shoe's rebuttals get weirder and weirder, until eventually Visit mentions a "Sudden and miraculous rain of rain." Shoe replies in exactly the same sort of wording he used before: "Probably solar energy caused water to evaporate from the surface of a body of water, which then condensed into clouds that wind carried across the country, where cold air currents caused the droplets to recondense and fall as liquid water." In other words, the precise scientific explanation for rain.
** Also worth mentioning, in the same exchange, was a "miraculous rain of elephants." When pressed, Visit concedes, "Well, it was just one elephant, but it made quite a splash."

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* Parodied/subverted Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', when religious nut Constable Visit-the-Infidel-with-Explanatory-Pamphlets is talking about deity-invoked rains of objects to the skeptical Constable Shoe. He runs down a list, and Shoe's rebuttals get weirder and weirder, until eventually Visit mentions a "Sudden and miraculous rain of rain." Shoe replies in exactly the same sort of wording he used before: "Probably solar energy caused water to evaporate from the surface of a body of water, which then condensed into clouds that wind carried across the country, where cold air currents caused the droplets to recondense and fall as liquid water." In other words, the precise scientific explanation for rain.
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rain. In the same exchange, was a "miraculous rain of elephants." When pressed, Visit concedes, "Well, it was just one elephant, but it made quite a splash."



** Lampshaded in ''The Hole In The Wall'', where it forms the key to the story's plot. As a main character puts it, if you go into a town which has an inn by the name of St. George and the Dragon, and tell everyone that it's a corruption of King George and the Dragoon, a lot of people will believe you on no evidence just because it sounds mundane. Similarly, when someone decided to say that Prior's Park (the estate where the mystery takes place) was not a priory, but the dwelling of a Mr. Prior, nobody ever asked whether anyone had heard of Mr. Prior or whether there were any records of him. In actual fact, the place was a priory. Finally, and most importantly, the district is spelt Holinwall on the maps, and the educated mock the peasantry for pronouncing it Holiwell. But it is spelt wrong and pronounced right. There was a holy well, and a certain corpse was dumped down that well earlier.

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** Lampshaded Discussed in ''The Hole In The Wall'', where it forms the key to the story's plot. As a main character puts it, if you go into a town which has an inn by the name of St. George and the Dragon, and tell everyone that it's a corruption of King George and the Dragoon, a lot of people will believe you on no evidence just because it sounds mundane. Similarly, when someone decided to say that Prior's Park (the estate where the mystery takes place) was not a priory, but the dwelling of a Mr. Prior, nobody ever asked whether anyone had heard of Mr. Prior or whether there were any records of him. In actual fact, the place was a priory. Finally, and most importantly, the district is spelt Holinwall on the maps, and the educated mock the peasantry for pronouncing it Holiwell. But it is spelt wrong and pronounced right. There was a holy well, and a certain corpse was dumped down that well earlier.



* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has a very... special version of this trope: All murders are shown using [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable narration]] where the characters are murdered using magic, and the protagonist has to come up with (often bizarre) explanations for the mysterious murders in order to deny witches (as magic does not actually exist unless people accept it exists).
** Note, however, that it is IMPLIED there is a much simpler solution...but [[color:red:Battler is Incompetent.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has a very... special version of this trope: All murders are shown using [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable narration]] where the characters are murdered using magic, and the protagonist has to come up with (often bizarre) explanations for the mysterious murders in order to deny witches (as magic does not actually exist unless people accept it exists).
** Note, however, that it
exists). It is IMPLIED there is a much simpler solution...but [[color:red:Battler is Incompetent.]]
10th Jun '16 6:34:24 AM LentilSandEater
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** Subverted when Agent John Doggett is introduced later in the series. At this point, with her history, Scully is more apt to jump to outlandish theories, with Doggett continually Scullying HER.

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** Subverted Inverted when Agent John Doggett is introduced later in the series. At this point, with her history, Scully is more apt to jump to outlandish theories, with Doggett continually Scullying HER.
20th May '16 7:14:23 AM erforce
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As a hypothetical example, take the climax of the film ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', which involves [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient evil God from another dimension, which has taken on the form of a]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50-foot advertising mascot made entirely out of marshmallow]], striding through the streets of Manhattan. In this form, it attacks the roof of an apartment building in full view of the public in an attempt to open a portal to another dimension and destroy the world. That is all, admittedly, a fairly difficult set of events to believe in, and if AgentScully were investigating it she might explain this as all being just a big hoax. The titular Ghostbusters merely staged the marshmallow man and used a combination of a fancy light show and hallucinogenic substances to fool the credulous people below into believing they were witnessing a supernatural event. Which actually makes sense on the surface...

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As a hypothetical example, take the climax of the film ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', which involves [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient evil God from another dimension, which has taken on the form of a]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50-foot advertising mascot made entirely out of marshmallow]], striding through the streets of Manhattan. In this form, it attacks the roof of an apartment building in full view of the public in an attempt to open a portal to another dimension and destroy the world. That is all, admittedly, a fairly difficult set of events to believe in, and if AgentScully were investigating it she might explain this as all being just a big hoax. The titular Ghostbusters merely staged the marshmallow man and used a combination of a fancy light show and hallucinogenic substances to fool the credulous people below into believing they were witnessing a supernatural event. Which actually makes sense on the surface...
5th May '16 2:47:41 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has a very... special version of this trope: All murders are shown using [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable narration]] where the characters are murdered using magic, and the protagonist has to come up with (often bizarre) explanations for the mysterious murders in order to deny witches (as magic does not actually exist unless people accept it exists).

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has a very... special version of this trope: All murders are shown using [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable narration]] where the characters are murdered using magic, and the protagonist has to come up with (often bizarre) explanations for the mysterious murders in order to deny witches (as magic does not actually exist unless people accept it exists).
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